Release of Mueller report stirs political battles

Democrats are calling on special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress. ABC News' Kenneth Moton reports.
3:27 | 04/19/19

Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}

Coming up next:



Skip to this video now

Now Playing:


Related Extras
Related Videos
Video Transcript
Transcript for Release of Mueller report stirs political battles
We begin with the new political battle brewing in the aftermath of the low the report. The White House and president are claiming victory as Democrats cried foul. Report do you tell efforts by president trump to seize control of the Russian investigation imparted the special counsel the report has also lifted the curtain. On some of the chaos and lack of truthful mess coming from the White House. It's a great day in America this morning the White House is taking a victory lap after attorney general William bower released were doctored version of the Moeller report. What we've been saying for the last two and a half years is finally I think totally been vindicated the president. It's completely exonerated no collision no obstruction. The president has also claiming vindication good day I'm having a good JQ who's called. No collision no obstruction. Finally tweeting I have the right to in the hole which trying to pry one at. A good required everyone including Muller if I want it I chose not to I have the right to use executive privilege I didn't. The 448 page report. 22 month investigation special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of a criminal conspiracy between the president. Werth associates in Russian meddling in that we succeed election. But Mueller declined to clear the president of eleven possible instances of obstruction of justice the report describes the moment the president learned that a special counsel have been a point at. The president slumped back in his chair and said oh my god this is terrible this is the end of my presidency. I'm expletive. The report finds the president then repeatedly tried to intervene in the investigation. The report says his efforts were mostly unsuccessful but that is largely because the persons who surround the president declined to carry out his orders. According to the report president from pressured then White House counsel dom again to get Muller fired. The president called again at home and directed him to call the acting attorney general wrought rose and Stein. And say that the special counsel had conflicts of interest. In must be removed McGann were called the president telling him Mueller Moscow. Call me back when you do it began refused deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday night massacre. A reference of the Watergate scandal. At the time the president denied he was trying to oust the special counsel Mr. President you thought. Ought considered. Leading to dismissal of special counsel candidate and it. Mueller wrote if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts but the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice. We were so state legal experts say the report makes it clear they're significant evidence that the president may have obstructed just says. Even though it was not conclusive. It's hard to find obstruction of justice when you're talking that a president who's got wide power and a forty for example to fire someone but I think most importantly here. Is that they applied Justice Department precedent which says that you cannot indict a sitting president Robert Mueller made it clear that was very important. The report also parties numerous incidents where the president's eighth made statements to the public. That we're not truthful in May 2017 white house Press Secretary sir Sanders was asked about the firing of FBI director James Komi. Including that countless members of the bureau Helm lost confidence the economy. But while under both Sanders admitted that statement was quote not founded on anything overnight sabres responded to critics now slamming her for lying to reporters look. I acknowledged. That a slip of the tongue what I used the word count was. But it's not untrue is that a number of both current and former FBI agents agreed with the president.

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.

{"duration":"3:27","description":"Democrats are calling on special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress. ABC News' Kenneth Moton reports.","mediaType":"default","section":"ABCNews/Politics","id":"62505075","title":"Release of Mueller report stirs political battles","url":"/Politics/video/release-mueller-report-stirs-political-battles-62505075"}